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BBC ALBA Cèilidh at Home With Julie Fowlis and Friends

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Filmed during lockdown, award-winning Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis (pictured) presents a new music series for our times on BBC ALBA featuring Scottish and international musicians including recent Grammy winners Rodrigo y Gabriela.

Julie became famous worldwide after singing the theme songs to Disney Pixar’s animated children’s film Brave, set in the ancient highlands of Scotland.

Julie Fowlis | Ceòl aig Baile (Music at Home) is an eight-part music series that takes place at an extraordinary time in our history, utilising the lockdown as a creative boundary.

Julie Fowlis said:

“With festivals and gigs all postponed and cancelled, we thought this would be a great opportunity for artists to work together to create something that’s both timely and entertaining for the BBC ALBA audiences.”

The half-hour episodes will feature six songs, with each programme given to a pair of musicians to curate. 

Between the musical tracks, musicians will reveal a little about their songs and tunes, and how they are coping during these very unusual times. 

Each performance is recorded in the artists own homes, and we’ll get a visual flavour of their life in lockdown. 

The first programme is curated by Julie Fowlis and Éamon Doorley and while Julie presents the rest of the series each programme will have a different set of curators, for example Ingrid Henderson & Iain MacFarlane (Glenfinnan Ceilidh Band), Josie Duncan & Hamish MacLeod (Inyal) and Karen Matheson & Donald Shaw (Capercaillie).

As well as Rodrigo y Gabriela, there will be performances from acclaimed musicians Rosanne Cash, Zoë Conway, John McIntyre, Karan Casey, Mike McGoldrick, John McCusker, Kris Drever, Dirk Powell, Xabier Diaz, Karine Polwart and renowned Gaelic singer Kathleen MacInnes.

Margaret Cameron, Channel Editor at MG ALBA, which operates BBC ALBA in partnership with the BBC, said: 

“This series gives musicians, deprived of playing live concerts, a virtual stage and an opportunity to perform directly from their homes to viewing fans.

“These programmes invite musicians from Scotland, Ireland, Europe, Canada, Mexico and the US to connect with fans and to perform in a visceral way, appealing to feelings as much as intellect.”

Julie Fowlis | Ceòl aig Baile, produced by Beezr Studios, starts on BBC ALBA on Thursday 14 May at 10pm with each episode subsequently available on the BBC iPlayer for 30 days.

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